Salem Main Street aka Stand Up for Salem hosts the 3rd annual Cow Run 10 Miler in benefit of Salem City Youth Sports photo by Frank Rucsynski

Cow Run retracing Revolutionary War’s ‘Great Cow Chase’ to be held Oct. 2nd

3rd Annual Stand Up for Salem aka Salem Main Street’s 10 Mile Cow Run to take place Sunday Oct. 2nd. Race retraces original 10 miles taken by US troops during Winter of 1778 when cattle were foraged to Valley Forge from Salem County for starving Revolutionary War Soldiers

When: Sunday October 2, 2016
Where: 115 Market Street Salem, NJ 08079

Course: 10 miles of mostly rural farmland in scenic Salem County NJ (outlined below)

Salem Main Street's 3rd Annual Cow Run in Salem County, NJ

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  • Race Time
  • 7:30am– Registration opens
  • 9:00am– Race start
  • Free Bus Transportation to the start line will be provided
  • Entry Info

Register online (Online registration closes Thursday Sept. 20 at noon)

Register by mail:  Universal entry form (Cow Run 10 Miler c/o Races2Run, PO Box 24, Montchanin, DE 19710). Make checks payable to Races2Run.

Entry fee
$30 pre-registration (until the Thursday before the race at Noon) / $40 after and day of event

Registration Start line bus pickup / finish are at the above location. The race starting line is at Cowtown Rodeo 780 US Highway 40. 

The race will benefit Salem Youth Recreation and Stand Up For Salem aka Salem Main Street.


This race retraces the original 10 miles of the 1778 cow run or “Great Cow Chase” of cattle “foraged” from Salem County by American soldiers led by “Mad Anthony” Wayne. Wayne gathered about 150 Salem County cows in Salem City and headed toward Valley Forge and the starving soldiers on February 23 of that year. We thought about having our race in February but then we thought it might be cold. Anyway the cows were run up Old Kings Highway (which is most of our run) all the way up to the Ben Franklin Bridge, which they couldn’t use yet so they kept on going up to somewhere they could cross the river . . . for a better description try this.

It’s a great story, which doesn’t get nearly enough attention as it deserves. In honor of those cows who took that one way trip, and the great Americans who stole them, Salem County racers run in a herd . . . back to where they started!


  • PSEG
  • Salem Health & Wellness Foundation

Click for the Course Map 


  • High Tech Cow T-Shirt
  • Cow Medals for finishers
  • Bus to start
  • Beer Garden for those 21 years of age and older
  • Snack Bag (even if you don’t finish)


  •  Overall male/female winners and overall male/female masters
  • Top 3 male/female in 10 year age groups 13 & under through 70 & over


  • NOVA Timing Systems will chip time using the MYLAPS BibTag Timing System


Click HERE  for race results. They will be posted online during the race and complete results will be posted once the race is complete.

For more information, contact Chris Davenport or


2015 Race Results available here!



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